26 INDICTED IN MEDICARE FRAUD: 4 DOCTORS, 12 PHARMACISTS AND AN ACCOUNTANT

26 people have been charged with massive health cre fraud in a 34 count indictment. The charges also include fraudulent Medicare and Medicaid billing schemes, kickbacks to doctors to induce writing prescriptions for patients without consideraton of medical necessity. Patients were recruited by patient recruiters who would pay bribes in exchange for the patients permitting the pharmacies to bill their insurance for meds that were medically unecessary. According to the indictment issued in Michigan, the Patel Pharmacies billed Medicare not less than $37.7 million for medications purportedly provided to Medicare beneficiaries over the course of the scheme and not less than $20.8 million to Medicaid.

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One response to “26 INDICTED IN MEDICARE FRAUD: 4 DOCTORS, 12 PHARMACISTS AND AN ACCOUNTANT”

  1. William says:

    Fraud, Medicare or any other type, should always be eliminated. But what about due process? Many people hear the word ‘indictment’ and mistakenly take that to mean guilt proven in court, or a conviction. I hope most attorneys make it clear to lay people that an indictment is very different than a conviction. One of the recent Medicare fraud indictments described one of the accused as a psychologist, an individual with no such training or title, and another as a medical doctor, who has a doctorate in another field of study. It is so unfair that anything, true or false, can be said about people being targeted.